Think that “made in Europe” corresponds with fair labor? You couldn’t be more mistaken. Slapdash working conditions and poverty wages are as endemic to the continent as they are to Asia, according to Labour Behind the Label, the Bristol-based workers-rights group behind new research on the “true cost” of Eastern Europe’s footwear industry. In fact, tens of thousands of workers who make shoes in countries such as Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Slovakia, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia often earn even less than their Chinese counterparts.
Made in Europe not fair labour?
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